Friday, March 30, 2012

I'm off

Literally. I'm off work and headed to this lovely city for the day in hopes of finding a rehearsal dinner dress, and the rest of my lovely bridesmaids presents.

Wish me luck and happy Friday!!!
Thursday, March 29, 2012

White Chicken Enchiladas

Do you think cookbooks all over the world are cursing Pinterest? I like to think so. Here's yet another recipe I found here via Pinterest.

What you'll need:
4 large burrito sized tortillas or 8-10 smaller taco sized tortillas 
~2 cups chicken (add more or less depending on how "meaty" you like them)
2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese
3 Tbsp. butter
3 Tbsp. flour
2 cups chicken broth
1 cup sour cream
1 (4 oz) can diced green chillies (I skipped these simply because I didn't have any, but I think it would have added that extra umph)

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a 9x13 pan

2. Cook chicken and dice or shred. Mix chicken and 1 cup cheese.  Roll up in tortillas and place in pan. I used already cooked and seasoned chicken, but if I had used plain chicken I would add taco seasoning.

To make the sauce:
3. In a sauce pan, melt butter, stir in flour and cook 1 minute.  Add broth and whisk until smooth.  Heat over medium heat until thick and bubbly.  

4. Stir in sour cream and chilies.  Do not bring to boil, you don't want curdled sour cream.
The cold sour cream will form clumps when it hits the warm mixture. Whisk them out to the best of your ability, but mine still had some and they melted out once baked.

5. Pour over enchiladas and top with remaining cheese.

 6. Bake for 22 min and then under high broil for 3 min to brown the cheese.
 I didn't put it on broil since the cheese was already pretty browned just from baking at 350.

This were pretty darn good and fairly quick and easy to make. The sour cream sauce turns into a velvety, cheesy like sauce. Both J and Ben woofed them down so they are definitely a keeper although next time I will make sure to pick up some peppers at the store for that extra kick.
Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Our weekend and a few OOTDs

Yes, I realize it's Wednesday and I am just now getting around to posting about our weekend.

I painted my nails this fun springy color, Loreal's, Boozy Bunch. This is the first Loreal nail polish I've ever tried and I have to say not only is the color beautiful but it's still going strong 5 days later. 

After church on Sunday we went to lunch and ate outside on the patio. 

Little man also tried on his tux for the wedding and he could not have been less thrilled.

Luckily a little time outside was all he needed to cheer right up.

One benefit of living on a cul-de-sac is that it's perfect for bike riding.

And here are two OOTDs 
Top: Old Navy; Skirt: Maurices;  Shoes: Marshalls; Bracelet: No idea, have had it forevah

Top: Banana Republic; Jeans: Gap Skinnies; Shoes: Target; Bracelet: Banana Republic
Friday, March 23, 2012

What I'm Loving Lately

First off, I'm loving that it's Friday and The Hunger Games comes out this weekend!

I'm loving reading the 3rd and final book, Mockingjay, on my Ipad. I said I would never do it. I love turning the page of an actual book. But folks, so much better.

I'm loving that my wedding dress and vail are now safe at my parent's house until the big day.

I am loving all the fun color combos for spring. Must get me some yellow.

I am loving God's grace.
Source: via Cortney on Pinterest

I am loving these chicken breasts we've recently started buying. They are organic and each breast comes individually packaged and sealed.

I am loving these J Crew flats. Let's be honest, I would take them in any color.
Source: via Cortney on Pinterest

I'm also loving Target's new flats. Although these are one of the most uncomfortable shoes evah.

I'm loving the spring weather

I'm loving that in 43 days I finally get to marry my baby daddy;)

Happy Friday Friends!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

This week

Has been a doozy.

Source: via Cortney on Pinterest
Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Holy Hunger Games

Y'all. I cannot wait to see the Hunger Games.

It took me a little longer than others to get in to the books. They were so hyped up that I was afraid I would be disappointed. After finishing the first book, I waited about a week or so before I bought the second one, Catching Fire.

I bought Catching Fire last Saturday afternoon and by Sunday afternoon I had finished it.

Now on to the last one, Mockingjay.

What will I do when I finish this one? Have you read anything that's just as good?
Tuesday, March 20, 2012

2 hmmph recipes

To be honest, I wasn't even going to post these recipes, but I decided to for 2 reasons.

1. Maybe I'll save you time from making them
2. Maybe you'll make them and then tell me what I did wrong.

I wanted both of these to be so so good, but they just weren't.

I have pinned, lusted, and drooled over these for months. Imagine my disappointment when they weren't as good as gasp, boxed potatoes.
The only thing I changed from the recipe was I used garlic powder instead of fresh garlic so maybe that's where I went wrong.
Someone please make these with fresh garlic and tell me they are fabulous so I can try again.

Next were The Apron Gal's Peanut Butter M&M Bars. These looked so damn good. But mine turned out dry, even before baking.
The recipe calls for all purpose mix (like Bisquick) instead of flour, but I just used flour since I didn't have any on hand. I realize this could be my big mistake.
Everything else on her site looks so good, so I'm going to give these another try with the all purpose mix.

Any recipes you've tried lately that I have to make or that I should avoid?

Monday, March 19, 2012

St. Patrick's Day Weekend

Our St. Patrick's Day weekend was the perfect mix of action and relaxation. This is one of the first weekends in a while that didn't seem to fly by.

On Friday Ben had a party at school. We switched pre-schools last Summer and it was the best decision we could have ever made. He loves it, the school always does fun activities, they have class parties for every "holiday" and almost all the parents come to them. 

His St. Patty's outfit, complete with socks and all.

I made these mini shamrock brownie bites to bring to the party.

That night our town was turning on one of the big outside fountains. They had a family folk band, clowns, balloons, and bubbles. My sister had to work that night and J had to finish some work so my parents went with Ben and I.



Saturday morning we woke up bright and early and I ran in the St. Patrick's 5k.

Ben was my cheerleader and just like when I ran my 1/2 marathon we screamed, "go momma, go!" as I came into the finish.

That afternoon, a tiny little green man was scurrying about our house. He peed in our toilet, turning the water green, and helped himself to some milk and lucky charms, before leaving a few gold coins and running off.

He also left his picture on our cereal box, that sneaky little leprechaun.

Our St. Patrick's day ended in style with this rainbow Sunday morning. Now only if I could have figured out where that pot of gold was.